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Apr 10, 2017

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Hi,

I am using a MacBook Pro running macOS Sierra (10.12.3), using Photos version 2.0 and Adobe Lightroom CC (2015). !

I've read the forums and cannot find an answer to my question. How can I import/export photos between Photos and Lightroom without having to drag and drop via the desktop every time?

I also use Photoshop CC (2017) if you know a way to import/export between Photos and Photoshop as well.

Thanks.

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Correct answer by john_beardsworth | Adobe Community Professional

I think this is how:

  1. Switch to Finder.
  2. Right-click on your Photos library and select Show Package Contents
  3. Drag the Masters folder from inside the Photos package and drop it in Pictures - ie make Masters into a regular folder
  4. In Lightroom, import the Masters folder, choosing Add in the Import dialog

With this method you can import some or everything. I suggest everything, and then forgetting about Photos.

It would be great if you could confirm this method worked.

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Import from Apple Photos to Lightroom

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Hi,

I am using a MacBook Pro running macOS Sierra (10.12.3), using Photos version 2.0 and Adobe Lightroom CC (2015). !

I've read the forums and cannot find an answer to my question. How can I import/export photos between Photos and Lightroom without having to drag and drop via the desktop every time?

I also use Photoshop CC (2017) if you know a way to import/export between Photos and Photoshop as well.

Thanks.

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Correct answer by john_beardsworth | Adobe Community Professional

I think this is how:

  1. Switch to Finder.
  2. Right-click on your Photos library and select Show Package Contents
  3. Drag the Masters folder from inside the Photos package and drop it in Pictures - ie make Masters into a regular folder
  4. In Lightroom, import the Masters folder, choosing Add in the Import dialog

With this method you can import some or everything. I suggest everything, and then forgetting about Photos.

It would be great if you could confirm this method worked.

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I think this is how:

  1. Switch to Finder.
  2. Right-click on your Photos library and select Show Package Contents
  3. Drag the Masters folder from inside the Photos package and drop it in Pictures - ie make Masters into a regular folder
  4. In Lightroom, import the Masters folder, choosing Add in the Import dialog

With this method you can import some or everything. I suggest everything, and then forgetting about Photos.

It would be great if you could confirm this method worked.

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Apr 02, 2018

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John - This was very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to post.

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May 24, 2018

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I am new to having a Mac and cannot seem to locate the "Masters" file once I went to Show Package Contents. Also, where is the "Pictures" folder? I don't see this either (intuitively, this would be in Documents, but it's not)

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Oct 21, 2018

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Documents, Pictures, Movies, Music, etc. are considered different types of media on MacOS so each one has its own folder, which you should be able to see in the left pane in Finder windows or by double clicking your hard drive icon, double clicking Users folder, double clicking your username folder in that and you will see the various folders. If they do not appear in the sidebar you can also drag any or all of the folders to appear in the left sidebar for more convenient access.

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Jan 28, 2018

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I just used this method. Thank you, it worked well. One question though: I have 20,000 photos. Are there now two copies on my hard drive and in using my iCloud data? Would you then delete them all from apple photos?

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Oct 30, 2018

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Please do note that Lightroom CC - Release 2.0 has a feature to Migrate Apple Photos Library.

This will import all your Album Hierarchy/Keywords/People Information/ Geo Locations along with your images.

Please watch out following before you start migration.

1. All the assets have been downloaded locally on your machine.

2. Hidden assets are not migrated, so unhide any hidden Photos

3. HEIC/HEVC files take a long time to be converted to migration ready format. Please wait until Apple Photos has finished its conversion task to be able to migrate all the assets, else you will lose out HEIC/HEIF files.

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Apr 18, 2020

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I am sorry, but apparently that feature daes not exist (even) in the newest Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 9.1 Version! It is a pitty.

So my best experience:

- open Fotos-app an Your mac

- look for "export", than choose "unmodified" photos: so You have all data You need

 

attention: if You follow the advice to extract the Master-folder out of the Fotos.Bibliothek (photos.library), and then import it into LR, all Your photos will appear with another name, not the original one. I am not sure, but perhaps even other metadata will have changed ....

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Jun 16, 2020

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It appears that the only method is to transfer the Apple Photos Master file as described by John Beardsworth.  I am using Lightroom Classic version 9.2.1 and it does have a menu option to import Apple iPhotos:  Edit>Plug-In Extras> Import from iPhoto Library.  However, Apple deprecated iPhoto in 2015 and replaced it with Apple Photos.  It is a small change, but an important one.  When I tried to use this option to import Apple Photos, I received the error message, "The selection does not appear to be an iPhoto library."

 

Even the solutions posted in the Adobe help section are inaccurate.  I hope this helps someone else save some time looking for a solution.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2020

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quick clairification & a question ...

plug in extras is in the "file" menu. i'm sure most would have found it but just in case. 

migrating "iphoto" doesn't work since the apple's photo app is now "apple photo" whatever changes apple made "broke" that plug in. 

 

question: if you move the "originals" folder into a readable folder will new photos in the apple app continue to sync w icloud? 

 

thx

 

 

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Jun 19, 2020

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You are correct.  Apple iPhoto and Photos are not the same.  Adobe Plug-in Extras has not been updated as of the latest release.

 

If you move the Originals folders from the Photos library, it will most likely break the cataloging capability of Photos, so no future photos will sync with Apple iCloud.

 

I "copied" the Originals folder and was able to import the photos into Lightroom.  Since the Original folder within Photos remains intact, iCloud syncing continues to work.

 

It is a manual workaround, but the only one available to date.  That means you will need to do this every so often if you want to capture all photos from Photos and still keep iCloud sync working.  

 

Happy Editing!

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Thanks for this Roddy!  Amazing that in 2020 we still have all these workarounds to deal with.  I thought things were supposed to be getting easier!

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